Friday Lit Links

  • Sherman Alexie. Photo by Larry D. Moore. CC BY-SA 3.0
    July 3, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews National Book Award winner and Puterbaugh Fellow Sherman Alexie will publish his first picture book in May 2016. WLT featured Alexie on the cover of the July 2010 magazine. Columbia University Press will be publishing a new series of translated Russian literature starting in 2017. A committee of Russian and American academics will draw from modern and classi...
  • June 26, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Time magazine featured a debate sure to spark interest in readers. The article asked whether or not it was acceptable to write in books as part of interacting with literature. In the wake of the recent challenge to ban several comic books from a class at Crafton Hills College (the challenge was declined), GeekSnack has published this list of 8 comic books in...
  • June 19, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Israeli writer Etgar Keret was interviewed recently on NPR. Keret discussed how he learned storytelling and survival from his father who survived the Holocaust. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman returned from PEN International’s biennial Writers in Prison conference and the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) meeting. Read her thoughts on the power of readin...
  • June 12, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the poet laureate of the United States this week. Herrera is the first Latino poet to receive this honor. Herrera also served as California’s poet laureate from 2012 to 2014. In this article from the New York Times Magazine, the author challenges whether translation can be approached as either an art or math...
  • June 5, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews We Need Diverse Books has stirred up debate on featuring more minorities in literature, specifically children’s literature. Bustle highlights 8 reasons why diverse books are powerful. Time Magazine is jumping in on the debate about the underrepresentation of women in literature, th...
  • Can Xue, winner of the Best Translated Book Award
    May 29, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature finalists were announced tonight! Congrats to Can Xue, Caryl Churchill, Carolyn Forché, Aminatta Forna, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Guadalupe Nettel, Don Paterson, Dubravka Ugresic, and Ghassan Zaqtan!  Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days, translated by Susan Bernofsky, received the Independent Foreign Fiction Priz...
  • The 2016 Neustadt Prize Jury
    May 22, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The jury for the 2016 Neustadt Prize has been announced! Discover the panel of nine writers who will name the finalists for the 2016 prize on May 27. The literary world was excited to hear about the potential new image of William Shakespeare. The portrait was discovered by historian Mark G...
  • Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams
    May 15, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams. News, Reviews, and Interviews The PEN literary award winners were announced, and several WLT authors received recognition. Denise Newman won the 2015 PEN Translation P...
  • May 8, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is serving as the co-curator for this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, a weeklong literature event that happened this week in New York City. The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Adichie who talks about how people read work written by African writers and the central focus for this year’s festival. Amazo...
  • May 1, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews  Scholar and translator Burton Watson was named winner of the 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. Given every three years, it’s a prestigious lifetime achievement award for excellence.  Some Moscow books...
  • all the light we cannot see
    April 24, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The 2015 Pulitzer Book Prizes were announced this week. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr received the Pulitzer for fiction. A list of other winners is available here. Just in time for National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has digitized poetry and literature recordings from the past 75 years. The selections come from its Archive of Record...
  • Gunter Grass
    April 17, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Nobel laureate Günter Grass passed away in Lübeck, Germany, at the age of eighty-seven. We have a tribute to Grass written by longtime WLTcontributor Theodore Ziolkowski, who talks about Grass’s effect on the German literary scene and his unmistakable literary voice. The Tin Drum was inclu...
  • Letter from Maya Angelou
    April 10, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Some controversy surrounded the publication announcement of Harper Lee’s new work, Go Set A Watchman, and some wondered if she was manipulated into signing a contract. The state of Alabama has found Lee mentally sound and Reuters reported that Lee has made it quite clear she wants the book to be published. This week Mashable featured a short piece...
  • April 3, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews This year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tomas Tranströmer receiving the Neustadt Prize, and we were saddened to hear he passed away last week. Read his poem “Oklahoma” and our tribute. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith selected Sjohnna McCray as the recipient of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award. This prize was established in 1975 by the Academy of Americ...
  • Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams
    March 27, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams News, Reviews, and Interviews  Jonathan Stalling, deputy editor in chief of our sister publication Chinese Literature Today, joins in this radio conversation on PRI to discuss Chinese poetry and whether its entering a new golden age. Two 2012 Neustadt Prize jurors have books that made the 2015 PEN/Open Book Award longlist. Rabih Alameddine’s An U...
  • Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza
    March 19, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza News, Reviews, and Interviews Brand new literary translation publisher Deep Velllum is picking up momentum. The publisher has just released the first of legendary Mexican author Sergio Pitol’s books translated into English. Read more about how this publisher is changing the literary arts landscape in Dallas.  In this new interview on NPR’s All Things Cons...
  • March 12, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews  March 8 was International Women’s Day. This list gives a brief background into the 13 women who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature since its start in 1901.  Harvard University Press and the Murty Classical Library of India have combined forces to translate and publish volumes of classical South Asian texts from 2,000 years ago.  One of the frequent book reviews...
  • March 6, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews To kick off National Reading Month, Time magazine compiled a list of 15 life-changing books you can read in one day. Over 150 international poets, authors, and translators gathered for a conference on Vietnamese literature and discussed how to export their culture to other parts of the world. The New Yorker ponders the recently growing trend of name...
  • February 27, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews A historian unearthed new work from Sherlock Holmes found in his attic. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the short story as a fundraiser to help save a town bridge. The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou with a forever stamp in the near future. Four authors were asked, “What is “Asian American literature?” in a roundtable discussion centered on their work and in...
  • February 20, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Turns out Harper Lee isn't the only one with unpublished manuscripts. Three more works by Dr. Seuss were recently discovered. Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get will come out in July. United States poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine died last week at the age...
  • February 13, 2015 | Laura Hernandez
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The Israel Prize for Literature might not be granted this year because all of the judges resigned to protest the Prime Minister’s Office. The Folio Prize announced its 2015 shortlist, which includes Ben Lerner, Miriam Toews, Jenny Offill, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Akhil Sharma, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, and Rachel Cusk. 1996 Neustadt Prize Laureate Assia...
  • February 6, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Up at Words Without Borders this week, Suzanne Jill Levine remembers all of the times she sat down to dinner with Pablo Neruda over his lifetime. This year marks the eighth since the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the main bookselling corridor in Baghdad. This week, the Arabic Literature (in English) blog celebrated the street’s rebuilding...
  • January 30, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews To celebrate the start of political relations between the United States and Cuba, Restless Books has begun a new blog series asking Cuban writers what it feels like to be a writer in Cuba today. (For more on this subject, see Leonardo Padura’s essay from the May 2013 issue, “Writing in Cuba in the Twenty-first Century.”) Wonderful news from Saqi Book...
  • January 23, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, author Valeria Luiselli sat down with NPR to talk about why she chooses to have her work translated, despite being bilingual. (Luiselli’s forthcoming novel Stories of My Teeth is one of the books our editors are most looking forward to reading in 2015.) A hearty congratulations and very happy birthday wishes to our friends at ...
  • January 16, 2015 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews We want to send our congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s Hemingway Grant, recognizing excellence in French literature translation. Ahead of the Digital Book World Conference next week in NYC, Publishers Marketplace is offering a complimentary report on the state of children’s ebooks and fan fiction. The longlist for the 2015 Intern...

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